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  • Replacing Lost Uniforms and Uplifting Spirits through Fire Relief Philanthropy

    There are 2,500 Girl Scouts in the North Bay area. 62 Girl Scout families lost homes in the Sonoma, Napa, and Mendocino County fires. It will take years to recover, but hopefully their burden will be lessened a little through the love being shared by their Girl Scout sisters and broader community. The local Girl Scout office in Santa Rosa was, thankfully, spared from the destruction of the devastating Mark West/Larkfield area. 

    Michelle Covington, the leader for Girl Scout Troop 10132 has spent years fundraising in Sonoma County, yet feels she has not experienced the true meaning of philanthropy until she saw her community (and so many others) rally together in support of each other after the fires. Every time her troop received a card, letter, box of donations, or any loving act of kindness, her heart was filled with gratitude for the Girl Scouts and for humanity as a whole.   

    She was astounded and brought to joyful tears on numerous occasions in the last several weeks by the outpouring of support for and within the Girl Scout organization. She shared with us some of the amazingly heartwarming experiences that moved her:

      One troop designed a patch with the slogan, "The love in the air is thicker than the smoke" that's forever etched in all our brains. These are being given to Girl Scouts who have, in some wa...

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  • Now Accepting Applications for Girl Board Participants - Deadline: January 19, 2018

    Deadline to Apply: January 19, 2018

    The Girl Scouts of Northern California Board of Directors is looking for two girl participants to appoint to the Board for the 2018-2019 year. Girls in 9th-11th grade are eligible to apply for this exciting and rewarding opportunity!

    As a Girl Board Participant, girls will:

    • Attend meetings with GSNorCal's Board of Directors
    • Provide an important voice and perspective to the Board of Directors
    • Learn how policy and strategic plans are formulated
    • Have the opportunity to speak at events and aid in fundraising activities

    Please review the roles and responsibilities, and have interested girls submit their completed application and references no later than Friday, January 19, 2018 to Jennifer Amato at Finalists will be interviewed.


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  • Give Your Girl the Gift of Camp [Free Printable Certificate]

    Put your hands in the air, because camp registration for summer 2018 opened on December 1st!

    Cap off your year with some merry cheer and give your girl the gift of camp this holiday season. Help her find her home-away-from-home next summer, where she can immerse herself in an outdoor experience that's both challenging and fun—a summer she'll remember for years to come!

    With our Gift of Camp certificates, Roxy the Raccoon will help every occasion be a special one:

    Christmas | Hanukkah | Kwanzaa | Birthday | General Gift

    Whether your girl loves swinging from t...

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  • "Gift of Wheels" with help of Red Bluff Girl Scouts

    Dozens of Girl Scouts gathered at Starbucks in Red Bluff to give their contribution to the dreams on wheels event, which aims to gift foster children a new bike for the holidays. The Girl Scouts helped out by collecting and donating helmets

  • Kaiser Permanente continues to help Girl Scouts of Northern California thrive

    In the past seven years Girl Scouts of Northern California has touched the lives of thousands of Northern California’s girls through a partnership with Kaiser Permanente, helping them make positive choices and thrive as adults. Kaiser Permanente has contributed over $200,000 in grant funding for Got Choices (GSNorCal’s signature prevention and intervention program for at-risk teens and tweens), sponsored leadership events like Camp CEO, and provided us with countless dedicated volunteers who make our work possible.

    In 2016 alone, twenty-five staff members from Kaiser Permanente volunteered as mentors, troop leaders, or in other troop volunteer positions, and requested matching funds for volunteer hours. Girl Scouts of Northern California is proud to partner with Kaiser Permanente in the South Bay and San Francisco on a variety of programs and events.

    Thank you Kaiser Permanente for ensuring every girl reaches her fullest potential.

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  • Girl Scouts CEO Sylvia Acevedo discusses the STEM Pledge in interview with NBC's press:here

    In this interview, CEO of the Girl Scouts of the USA and former rocket scientist, Sylvia Acevedo, talks about the power of a girl-only space in helping girls build courage, confidence, and character, especially with regards to the STEM field.

    With the recently announced STEM Pledge, Girl Scouts hopes to build female STEM leaders by introducing new hands-on STEM programs to 2.5 million girls.  

  • Junior Troop from Girl Scouts of Nation’s Capital Encourage Girls to Raise Their Hands with New Patch

    Alice Paul Tapper, a 10-year-old Junior Girl Scout from the Nation's Capital council shares the story behind why her troop decided to create the "Raise Your Hand" patch. After attending a class field trip where all the boys stood in the front and raised their hands while most of the girls quietly stayed in the back, Alice decided to find a way for her troop to help spread the message of confidence and leadership to other girls, leading to the creation of the "Raise Your Hand" patch.

    As with every patch in Girl Scouts, you have to earn this one. To get it, a Girl Scout needs to pledge to raise her hand in class and recruit at least three other girls who promise to do the same. Troops across the country can order this patch, so join Alice and pledge to raise your hand.

  • Check out the latest edition of our INSPIRE! Newsletter

    Volunteers are a cornerstone of the Girl Scout movement! Read on for our special volunteer-focused edition of the INSPIRE! Newsletter—how volunteers and supporters like you give Northern California girls the opportunity to explore everything Girl Scouts has to offer!

    When you invest in Girl Scouts, you are investing in is the largest leadership organization for girls in the world. And no one knows more about girls than Girl Scouts! Help girls succeed, and donate today.  

    Talk to us! We love to hear what you think about our newsletter and if there are any stories or programs you want to learn more about. Contact Kate at and let us know.

  • Fall Product Sale 2017 Five Skills Photo & Story Contest

    The fall product sale gives troops the opportunity to earn troop funds early in the membership year as they learn and practice five key business skills: goal setting, decision-making, money management, people skills, and business ethics. So this year be fearless, unleash the hero inside, and show us the five skills in action! This contest will run from 12:01AM on Wednesday, November 1 to 11:59PM on Thursday, November 30. The top 3 entries (as chosen by user vote) will win a GSUSA Cookie cart to assist with future product sales.


    • Entrant must be actively participating in the 2017 Fall Product Sale.
    • Entrant must be a currently registered Girl Scout or Girl Scout volunteer with the Girl Scouts of Northern California (GSNorCal) Council to participate.
    • Parents/guardians who are not volunteers can assist their Girl Scouts in entering by using their Facebook account to enter, but the entries must be girl-led and in the girls’ own words.
    • Entrants can participate as individuals or as a troop.
    • Winners will be selected by user vote via the AgoraPulse contest app on Facebook.


    Three (3) winners will each receive one (1) GSUSA Cookie cart to use during the next product sale. Carts will be available for pick-up in January.

    How to Enter  

      Submit a photo of you demonstrating one of the five skills listed below via the...

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  • Milpitas Girl Scouts Collect Feminine Hygiene Products for Women in Need

    While looking for ways they could make a difference in the Milpitas community, Girl Scout Troop 61186 members Kaycee Spannagel, Leilina Butler, and Mia Boesenberg thought about the added struggle of being homeless while being a woman.

    The name for the project came from the Silver Award, the highest award a Cadette Girl Scout can earn, which the girls are working toward and from the word Luna, which Leilina explained means lunar, relating to the female menstrual cycle. The project’s mission is to collect tampons and pads to provide to homeless women and victims of domestic violence, something Spannagel, a Rancho Milpitas Middle School eighth-grader hopes to continue doing as long as there is a need.

    To learn more about the Silver Luna Project, visit their Facebook page.

  • Local Girl Scout Develops Resource for Bilingual Readers to Earn her Silver Award

    After being frustrated that she couldn’t find books that suited her Spanish studies, 8th grade Girl Scout Cadette, Cassandra Rogers, wanted to make it easier for readers throughout the community to find books that are right for them.

    In pursuit of her Silver Award — the highest Girl Scout honor for her age — she’s dedicated about 55 hours to compiling a list of approximately 1,400 fiction and nonfiction books as part of a searchable database that will serve the San Mateo County Library system, as well as Hatch Elementary School and Cunha Intermediate School in Half Moon Bay. Readers are now able to search the database for Spanish-language books according to grade level and genre at

  • Inspire, Prepare, and Mobilize Girls with the G.I.R.L. Agenda

    We all know Girl Scouts are leaders who display an admirable amount of courage, confidence, and character! For over 100 years, since the beginning of our organization’s formation, our goal has been to help girls feel empowered as they raise their voices, take the lead, and create change. Whether they’re volunteering their time or coordinating their own service project, our girls are known for working hard to make the world a better place.

    Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) recently launched the G.I.R.L. Agenda Powered by Girl Scouts, a nonpartisan initiative to inspire, prepare, and mobilize girls and those who care about them to lead positive change through civic action. The multiyear effort celebrates the Girl Scout legacy of civic engagement, and for the first time ever, we’re sharing these free, expert-curated resources beyond our 2.6 million members so we can reach as many girls as possible. The materials are derived from renowned Girl Scout programming that has driven generations of girls over the past century to become leaders.

    Girl Scouts encourages girls to accept the challenge to uncover the root of a problem, stand up, and make a difference as they become empowered go-getters, innovators, risk-takers, and leaders. With the...

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  • Windsor Girl Scouts feed First Responders helping with North Bay Fires

    Windsor Girl Scouts from several troops in Service Unit 107 were serving up sweet treats and desserts to first responders outside the Sonoma County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, October 15.

    The girls baked and served homemade items and had the opportunity to personally thank the men and women in uniform, from near and far, for their service.


  • PRESS RELEASE: Girl Scouts: Girl-led. Girl Tested. Girl Approved. Since 1912.

    Yesterday afternoon, through a press release on their website, Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced they would be accepting girls into their membership starting in their 2018 program year. While we support girls and their families having a variety of options and activities, we stand firm knowing that Girl Scouts is the best leadership experience for girls in the world—because girls are at the center of everything we do.

    Girl Scouts of Northern California remains committed to and believes strongly in the importance of the all-girl, girl-led, and girl-friendly environment that Girl Scouts provides, which creates a necessary safe space for girls to learn and thrive. We are more committed than ever to ensuring that girls take their rightful place as leaders in their communities, their country, and the world. As the world’s preeminent girl-serving organization, we care deeply about the well-being of girls and providing them with the opportunity and the platform to explore their interests and aspirations. As such, any action that could affect girls and their healthy growth is of utmost concern to us.

    Girl Scouting’s more than 100-year legacy of research, experience, and results prove the success of our focus exclusively on girls. Our approach to developing a pipeline of strong, confident girls and women with amazing leadership s...

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  • How You Can Help With North Bay Fire Relief Efforts

    • CEO Update to North Coast members, sent on 10/17/2017
    • CEO Update to all members, sent on on 10/11/2017

    Our hearts are with our communities impacted by the North Bay fires. We are grateful for the firefighters, first responders, and volunteers who are helping to fight the fires, save lives, and support those who have lost so much. Our thoughts are with all who have lost so much through this disaster and who continue to be at risk from destructive fires. We are sisters and brothers in Girl Scouts and will stand together to help your communities and your families recover.

    We have reached out directly to all of our members in the affected areas to find out how we can best support them in this difficult time and we will develop a plan of action once we have a clear understanding of the needs of our members in those communities. At this time, however, we’re offering financial support - through the Opportunity Fund - to help cover the cost of uniforms, membership dues, camp registration, and program fees.

    If you would like to support GSNorCal’s opportunity fund, you can donate here:


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  • GSNorCal Girl Scout honored as 2017 National Young Woman of Distinction

    For her Gold Award, Rajvi Ranka, from Girl Scouts of Northern California, developed soil moisture sensors and readers to help farmers conserve water and use less groundwater. The sensors are planted into the soil, allowing farmers to easily read and determine the moisture level in the soil. Based on Rajvi's technology, farmers on average saved 25 percent of their monthly water use and were able to better sustain their businesses during the California drought.

    In addition to being honored as one of 2017's National Young Women of Distinction, Rajvi will be attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo (California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo) this fall to study environmental engineering. 

    This G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ is a true change-maker. Keep up the amazing work Rajvi! 

    Don't forget to check out the other inspiring 2017 National Young Women of Distinction. 

  • CEO Update - Celebrating GSNorCal's 10th Anniversary

    GSNorCal is 10 today! Ten years ago today on October 1, 2007, five Girl Scout councils merged to form Girl Scouts of Northern California. In this email, Marina Park reflects on 10 highlights from her time with GSNorCal.

  • GSNorCal Ambassador, Mallika Jain, Recognized as Star Scholar

    SAN JOSE, Calif. (KGO) -- ABC7 is recognizing seven Bay Area high school seniors for their extraordinary achievements and awards each with a $1,000 scholarship toward his or her college education. Here's a look at a Star Scholar from San Jose who plans to study engineering and possibly double major in entrepreneurship or international relations. Mallika Jain has a passion for education and service, "High school's been fun," she said, "But I'm definitely ready for a new adventure. Absolutely." This ABC7 Star Scholar's new adventure starts this fall at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. "I've always had a passion for math and science, and I actually joined my school's robotics team and that's when I really got interested in the world of engineering," Jain said. "Also, I think women bring a lot more of the emotions. And even though that seems to be weak, the whole idea of engineering is solving the world's problems. They can really connect to the people they are trying to help." Jain recently earned the prestigious Girl Scout Gold Award for raising $37,000 to provide three, poverty-stricken schools in India with bathrooms, purified drinking water, and computer labs. "She's got a heart of gold. She's just a good kid. She truly cares about giving back to the community," said one ed...

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  • Totally Awesome Troop Bonus

    Did you know... Troops who participate in both the 2017 Fall Product Sale and the 2018 Cookie Sale can earn totally awesome bonuses, including:

    1. A GSNorCal folding wagon
    2. A $50 Reward Card for the troop 
    3. Super Star patches for each girl and 2 adults.

    Cookie 2018 Super Star Patch

    To qualify for the Totally Awesome Troop bonuses: 

    • 75% of the troop’s registered girls participate in both the Fall Sale and the Cookie Sale
    • The troop’s fall product sale per girl average is at least 40 items, for girls selling.
    • The troop’s Cookie Sale per girl average is at least 175 items, for girls selling.
    • Funds available in full for all ACH debits during both sales (no ACH Discrepancy forms filed for NSF/Section A)

    Get started today!

    Place Your Initial Order Start Fall Sale Training...

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  • Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest

    Are you a barrier breakin,’ challenge crushin,’ lead takin’ cookie entrepreneur?

    This cookie season, let’s show ‘em how the largest girl-led entrepreneurial program in the world prepares girls to lead, learn, succeed, and shine—not only for today but also for the future—by entering our national Girl Scouts of the USA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest from January 2 through April 30, 2018.


    Limited-Edition Patch: 
Every girl who enters the Cookie Pro 2018 Contest will unlock an awesome, limited-edition Cookie Pro 2018 patch (pictured above). You must be an eligible Girl Scout Cookie seller from a participating council to take part.

    Grand Prize!

    Six girls nationwide, one per Girl Scout grade level, will be named Girl Scouts of the USA’s (GSUSA’s) top cookie pro for 2018 and get the epic chance to:

    • Be featured on the Girl Scout Cookie box!
    • Travel to New York City for an all-expenses-paid Cookie Entrepreneur Experience!
    • Join the nationwide celebration by participating in GSUSA’s Cookie Pro 2018 Contest!
  • JOANN + Girl Scouts: 4 Free Perks for Girl Scout Members

    Have you heard the news? Girl Scouts and JOANN stores have teamed up to inspire girls, troops, and volunteers to explore their individual creativity and use it to make a positive influence in the world by offering a 15% discount to Girl Scout members, lifetime members, volunteers, council staff, and parents.

    Read the full story on The Trailhead!

  • Get Your Troop Outdoors with Moon Travel Guides

    Outdoor experiences and camping are a core part of who we are as Girl Scouts. That’s why we’re super excited to be partnering with local publishing company Moon Travel Guides to bring you some useful camping resources and a fun photo and story contest during the month of August!

    Moon Travel Guides is committed to inspiring people to get outside, find their adventure, and explore the world. Publishing is one of the few women-dominated industries, and Moon Travel Guides knows how important it is to support the passions of young women. In conjunction with their author Tom Stienstra’s renewed focus on encouraging young people to experience the outdoors, the folks at Moon Travel Guides hope to empower a new generation of girls to get outdoors and explore their world their way.

    From August 1 to August 31, our Girl Scouts and Girl Scout volunteers can share their outdoor experiences with us for a chance to win awesome resources for their next camping trip.

    To help plan their next outdoor adventure, the top 25 entries (as chosen by user votes) will receive a copy of the 20th anniversary edition of Moon California Camping by Tom S...

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  • GSNorCal Gold Award Recipient and 2015 Chuck McLane Scholar continues STEM studies

    Since 2013 to 2017, Girl Scouts of the USA has partnered with Arconic Foundation to provide ten Girl Scouts with the Arconic Chuck McLane Scholarship, which is available to Girl Scout Gold Award recipients who complete projects related to science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM). Uma Mahajan of Girl Scouts of Northern California received the scholarship in 2015 and is studying Systems Biology at Case Western Reserve University. 

    Check out her story, what she has to say about her experience in Girl Scouts, and what her life as a scientist is like.

  • Introducing New Journeys and Badges for STEM and the Outdoors

    On July 17, 2017, Girl Scouts of the USA released programming for 38 new badges and Journeys focused on outdoors and STEM, which are available at no additional cost through the Volunteer Toolkit! This new programming follows the same model as the current badge and Journey options and is intended to be an add-on to the program choices now available to girls and volunteers. Here's a quick snapshot of the new awards available to you and your girls:

    Outdoor Journey

    Anchored by the Troop Camping badge, this new Journey will strengthen girls' outdoor skills and ignite their interest in environmental stewardship. Girls will also complete a Take Action project.

    • Available for Daisy, Brownie, and Junior troops 
    • Formatted as a downloadable PDF on the VTK for Cadettes, Seniors and Ambassadors (launching mid-August)

    STEM Journeys

    Designed to increase girls' aptitude and interest in STEM topics and fields, these new Journeys will introduce girls to a wide range of skill-building opportunities in areas like robotics, programming, and citizen science. Available for Daisy through Junior, and Multi-level (K-5).

      Engineering | Think Like an Engineer: Girls learn how to think like a designer by participating in hands-on design challenges and completing a Take Action project.  Computer Science | Think Like a Programmer: Girls learn how programmers solve problems by...

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  • Girl Scout Lobbies Sunnyvale to Build Inclusive Playground for Gold Award Project

    After visiting the Magical Bridge Playground in Palo Alto, Girl Scout Esther Lucas was inspired to build a playground for kids of all abilities and disabilities in her hometown of Sunnyvale. To earn her Gold Award, she created an online petition last fall to appeal to the city council. This month, the council approved her proposal and is investing $1.8 million in the project.

    Thanks to Esther's magic, Sunnyvale will now be home to the third playground of this kind in the Bay Area.  

    See the full story here

  • Camp Hidden Falls urgently needs your help!

    Did you know that nearly 2700 campers enjoyed the weekend long camp experiences in 2015 at Hidden Falls?  That was also the last summer this gem of a camp was open for use.

    Camp Hidden Falls needs YOU!  The road leading into camp, which winds along a steep hillside, has failed in several places and has forced us to temporarily close the camp. Learn more about Camp Hidden Falls here. 

    Last November, we launched a fundraising campaign to raise funds for the road maintenance.  We are determined to reach our goal of $500,000 by August 1 and we are almost half way there!

    Now’s your chance to be a camp superhero!  You can help us keep Camp Hidden Falls open for future Girl Scouts.  Thanks to the generosity of a dedicated Girl Scout supporter, any new gift for Hidden Falls will be matched up to $50,000!

    That means:

    $10 becomes $20

    $50 becomes $100

    $250 becomes $500

    $500 becomes $1000

    But wait, there’s a catch…donations have to be made by July 31, 2017 and only those donations between $1-$500 will be matched dollar for dollar until we get to the $50,000 match maximum.  If everyone readi...

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  • Camp Sugar Pine Now Closed for 2017 Season

    This email was originally sent to all GSNorCal parents and volunteers on June 29th, 2017.

    Dear Girl Scout Members and Friends:   Summer camp is an important part of Girl Scouts and of growing up. Each summer, almost 12,000 girls experience camp through our volunteer and council-run camps and camper safety is always our top priority. This morning, we shared the news with parents of girls planning to attend Sugar Pine, and with Sugar Pine staff, that we are cancelling summer camp at Sugar Pine for the remainder of this summer. While I am heart-broken by the need to make this decision, I believe it is the right decision, guided by our top priority for girl and staff safety. The primary reason for this decision is that we have encountered trespassers on our Sugar Pine property this year during daylight as well as signs of trespassers during late evening hours. Additionally, we have had bears in the camp. Though Bears at Sugar Pine are not unusual, this summer, bears have entered camp during daylight hours, disrupting some camp activities and damaging some property. Girls' property has been disturbed by the bears and, most importantly, their feeling of security at camp has been breached. While we are devastated by the prospect of letting our girls down, we take our commitment to our camp families—th...

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  • Girl Scout Troop 70319 offers support to Redding Police Canine Unit

    The Juniors of Girl Scout Troop 70319 are one step closer to completing their Bronze Award after surprising their local Redding Police Department's canine unit with dog-friendly goodies this week.

    For two years, these girls have been planning, fundraising, and organizing for this event to raise awareness surrounding police dogs. They surprised the officers of RPD with gift baskets full of dog treats, toys, and even a box of Thin Mints. In addition to their kind gesture, the troop also created brochures and bookmarks for the public, highlighting the hardwork of police canine units.  

    There's no doubt that both the canine officers and their human companions greatly appreciated the girls' thoughtful project. 

  • GSNorCal Alumna Awarded 2017 MIT Collier Medal

    In 2014, MIT created the Collier Medal to honor Police Officer Sean Collier’s commitment to engaging with the community around him during his time at the Institute. The medal is a living memorial to Officer Collier, who gave his life in service to MIT on April 18, 2013.

    This year’s recipient, MIT senior Lorraine Wong, embodies the spirit of service the Collier Medal commemorates. Jared Berezin, a lecturer in the Department of Comparative Media Studies/Writing, met Wong through the Increase Help Seeking working group on campus, part of MIT’s MindHandHeart Initiative. The group was created to develop ways to connect those who are struggling with mental health to resources, and to reduce the societal stigma seeking help can bring.

    “As the student co-chair of the working group, Lorraine holds a leadership position, yet rather than take a commanding role over meetings, they often prefer to listen intently to the members of the group,” says Berezin. “Lorraine is typically the first to volunteer to do critical work on our group’s behalf — ranging from setting up our infrastructure needs to preparing key questions for the group to consider — yet they show little interest in receiving recognition. They want to learn as much as they can, and do as much as possible to bring about meaningful, potentially life-saving changes on campus.”

  • Supporting Girls in STEM: Oracle Giving

    GSNorCal is thrilled to announce that we have received a grant from Oracle for the fourth year in a row to bring our afterschool STEM program, Girls Go Tech, to the Bay Area Peninsula. Oracle’s support means that 150 girls at 10 schools across the peninsula will have the opportunity to spark enthusiasm for STEM, the confidence that they are “good” at STEM activities, and a sense of belonging in STEM fields in a supportive, all-girl environment. Last year, 88% of girls participating in Oracle supported Girls Go Tech programs gained confidence in performing STEM activities, and 91% reported they developed leadership skills and a growth mindset.

    Our partnership with Oracle means that girls who don’t normally have access to innovative, hands-on STEM activities, and who are underrepresented in STEM fields, will have the opportunity to develop interest in STEM careers, practice creative problem-solving with STEM concepts, and self-identify as science learners. In addition to grant support, many Oracle employees volunteer as troop leaders and in other roles supporting their daughters’ troops.

    Thanks to Oracle for all your support, and we’re looking forward to another great year of girls exploring STEM in Girl Scouts!


  • Get Outdoors with the 44th Annual Skills Camporee for Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors

    Exploring the great outdoors is an essential part of the Girl Scout experience. For over 40 years, Girl Scouts of Northern California’s Redwood City Service Unit has hosted their annual Skills Camporee event, providing Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors with the opportunity to develop their camping skills through a little friendly competition. Thanks to a dedicated team, longtime Girl Scout volunteers Nick Corsano (Committee Chair), Amy Connors (Camporee Director), and 30+ volunteers, this tradition continues to thrive as older girls from across Northern California come together to test their camping know-how. From knot tying to tent pitching, local troops spend a weekend competing in a series of outdoor skill events in hopes of impressing the judges and taking home the title. For Girl Scouts who are unfamiliar with the required outdoor skills, girls can attend Training Day on Saturday, February 11, 2017. This year, Skills Camporee will take place Friday, April 28 to Sunday, April 30, 2017 at Huddart County Park in Woodside, CA. The event is limited to 24 teams, so gather your team and register as soon as possible to guarantee your spot. For more information regarding cost, deadlines, and registration, check out the...

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  • The 2016 Gift Guide for Girl Scouts

    Are you looking for the perfect holiday gift for your favorite Girl Scout? If so, we've rounded up 12 great gift ideas—from fun experiences to Girl Scout swag to DIY masterpieces—that are sure to inspire your girl to enjoy the great outdoors this year!

    Experience is the Greatest Gift of All

    Ropes Courses at Skylark and Bothin!

    Did you know that you don’t have to wait for summer camp for an adventure on our ropes courses? Bothin and Skylark Ranch both offer top-notch ropes course programming during the Fall and Spring seasons!

    #FindYourPark: Girl Scout Ranger Program

    You don’t have to go far to have an outdoor adventure, and with the Girl Scout Ranger program, you can earn a badge while you’re exploring the park. Northern California is home to many gorgeous national parks and monuments. From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches to its open grasslands, brushy hillsides, and forested ridges, Point Reyes National Seashore offers visitors over 1500 species of plants and animals to discover. Redwood Natio...

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  • Girl Scouts of Northern California Earns Coveted 4-Star Rating from Charity Navigator

    Girl Scouts of Northern California’s strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator.

    This is the 5th consecutive year in which Girl Scouts of Northern California has earned this top distinction.

    Since 2002, using objective analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a 4-star rating. In 2011, Charity Navigator added 17 metrics, focused on governance and ethical practices as well as measures of openness, to its ratings methodology.  These Accountability & Transparency metrics, which account for 50 percent of a charity’s overall rating, reveal which charities operate in accordance with industry best practices and whether they are open with their donors and stakeholders.

    “Girl Scouts of Northern California’s exceptional 4-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public,” according to Michael Thatcher, President & CEO of Charity Navigator. “Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our 4-star rating. This adds Girl Scouts of Northern California to a preeminent group of charities working to overcome our world’s most pressing challenges. Based on its 4-star ra...

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  • Los Altos Resident's Passion for Girl Scouts Results in Leadership Award

    Petere Miner’s Girl Scouts award recognizes volunteers who serve as “exceptional models for girls and adults and have had an extraordinarily profound impact on girls’ lives through their empowerment of those girls.”

    Although her family moved a lot growing up, she stuck with Scouting. And, as an adult, she pursued her passion for helping kids by becoming a Girl Scout leader – serving for the past 26 years.

    The Los Altos resident was recently rewarded for her years of devotion to the organization, receiving the 2016 Eleanor Thomas Exemplary Leadership Award. Named after the longtime program director of Legacy Girl Scouts of the San Francisco Bay Area, the award “recognizes volunteers who serve as exceptional role models for girls and adults and have had an extraordinarily profound impact on girls’ lives through their empowerment of those girls,” according to the Girl Scouts of Northern California website.

  • GSNorCal Troops Welcome International Friends for Thanksgiving Celebration

    When local Girl Scout Jamie Satoto learned that a group of Indonesian Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts were visiting Northern California and were anxious about how wearing the traditional Muslim hijabs might be seen when they arrived in the U.S., she eagerly proposed the idea of hosting the visiting Scouts for an American-style Thanksgiving dinner with her Girl Scout troop!

    Satoto, member of troop #60009, and her mom contacted the group and invited them to their home, along with Morgan Hill Troops #61313, #62224, and #60530 (and a few Boy Scout siblings, too!), to give the visiting Scouts a great big Girl Scout welcome! The Scouts got together and sang their national anthems, taught each other Girl Scout songs, showcased songs and dances from their respective cultures, and enjoyed sampling traditional American Thanksgiving foods and Indonesian foods together. The real fun started when the Scouts had the freedom to play – they did the Mannequin Challenge together, exchanged social media information, played games, and sang. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the Girl Scouts to have the chance to experience a new culture and meet brother and sister Scouts from around the world. “Our co-leader team is very proud of our troop and our sister troops for setting a great Thanksgiving example for our international frie...

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  • Can one girl make the world a better place? In Girl Scouts, she can!

    “I've always seen the value in serving others, because at the end of the day, this life isn't just about me. It's about my community, my family, and my world.” –Elisheba Dhilpe, Gold Awardee

    Just 3 shots can protect a person for life … that’s why Elisheba chose to focus on Hepatitis B (HBV) awareness in her hometown in India for her Gold Award Project.

    How did Elisheba take action to make change?

    • Started the first “TEAM HBV” club in India at two different schools, connecting them to Stanford’s Asian Liver Center to promote sustainable action.
    • Organized a health fair and recruited a hospital to provide on the spot vaccinations for 50 people
    • Developed a partnership with Green Tara Foundation to continue her efforts as a sustainable. project to spread awareness through health outreach programs in 13 impoverished neighborhoods and 8 schools in Maharashtra.

    Gold Award Projects like this one can: Change a girl . . . “I learned how to truly persevere, and not to let disappointment drag me down when things don’t go according to plan.” Change a family . . . Because of Elisheba’s partnership with Green Tara, 1,200 more children and their families in India will be educated on HBV risks, and 600 people will be vaccinated and tested in the first year of the program. Change lives . . . Elisheba’s project will end up touching the lives of over 4,500 people. And than...

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  • Bay Area Girl Scout Receives Highest Honor From Organization for Health Research and Advocacy

    Caitlyn McElligott worked for the last three years researching and raising awareness about Trisomy X, a condition affecting approximately one in 1,000 women.

    McElligott's work has now been recognized by the Girl Scouts of America for their highest honor of a National Woman of Distinction, given to 10 women annually. 

  • GSNorCal Girl Scout Honored as 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction

    Full story available at the Redwood City Patch!

    Each year GSUSA honors 10 Girl Scouts as National Young Women of Distinction (NYWOD), selected from the thousands of exceptional young women in grades 9–12 who earn their Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. National Young Women of Distinction transform an idea and vision for change into an actionable plan with measurable, sustainable, and far-reaching impact at the local, national, and global levels.

    This year, Girl Scouts of Northern California is honored to present Caitlyn McElligott, our 2016 National Young Woman of Distinction. Caitlyn summarizes her Gold Award project – Trisomy X Awareness – as follows:

    A couple of years ago I took an ethics class. I learned about the tough decisions parents have to make when they learn their unborn child has a genetic disorder. I also learned that some parents were being counseled to abort their baby when they have the same genetic disorder I do. I dug into it and learned that this was due to a lack of quality information.   When I Googled "Trisomy X", I was presented with a poorly conducted study with a...

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  • Girl Scouts of Northern California wins STEM Innovation Award!

    The Silicon Valley Education Foundation has named four organizations doing exceptional work to advance STEM education as recipients of its 6th annual STEM Innovation Awards. The awards are sponsored by leading Silicon Valley companies and honor top STEM education programs that inspire students and teachers and help students prepare for college-level learning and technology careers. Girl Scouts of Northern California is so excited to have been chosen for this honor!

    In Girl Scouts, girls learn about STEM concepts and careers as they develop confidence in their abilities to solve problems with science and technology and learn how STEM professionals are making the world a better place. Girls learn to be team players, critical thinkers, engaged global citizens, problem solvers, and challenge seekers.

    "These organizations represent the best and brightest organizations that bring learning and inspiration to students to explore STEM fields as future career choices," said Silicon Valley Education Foundation CEO Muhammed Chaudhry. "They are bringing this work to the forefront to address the critical need to alleviate our dire STEM workforce shortage."

    The STEM Innovation Award winners were selected by a group of educated thought leaders who have demonstrated outstanding work in the STEM community. Each awardee will receive a $5,000 grant to reinvest in their programs. To learn more about Girl Scout STEM programs,...

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  • Are you raising a strong G.I.R.L.? [Free Download]

    Raising a strong, successful girl is every parent’s priority.  We want our girls to be resilient, intelligent, creative, and valued members of society, but we also want them to be happy and thrive! Equally as important, our communities desperately need positive, powerful girls and women who are willing to work for change and know how to make things happen, both now and in the future. How we get there, though, is critical.

    The Girl Scout Research Institute focuses on measuring the impact of programming for girls and leads national conversations about girl development. Recent findings have helped us create the G.I.R.L. framework to identify critical characteristics of, and create programs for, girls who will thrive at home, at school, in their communities, and beyond.

    Anyone can create a “What kind of leader are you?” Buzzfeed quiz. But at Girl Scouts, we know that girls are complex and amazing individuals who cannot be put in a box. That’s why we have created the concept of G.I.R.L., which stands for Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, and Leader. These words represent “non-cognitive” skills – aspects of a girl’s personality which can be developed over time in the right environment, something that Girl Scouts has excelled at over 100 years. So what makes your girl, a G.I.R.L? What strengths does she exhibit, and which ones can you nurture so that she reaches her full potential?

    Is your girl a Go-Get...

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  • Girl Scouts NorCal Honored as Nonprofit Partner at NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Foundation Speaker Series

    Girl Scouts of Northern California is thrilled to have been chosen to participate as a nonprofit partner in the NEWSMAKERS: Lesher Speaker series featuring Ann Compton, legendary White House correspondent.

    The event featured an amazing video, produced in partnership with KTVU, highlighting girls engaged in a wide variety of Girl Scouting activities, from Space Cookies robotics teams to Gold Awards. Featuring interviews with Marina Park, CEO and Edith Licea, a participant in Girl Scouts' Got Choies program - the video received rave reviews from attendees at the NEWSMAKERS speaker series. Lesher Foundation grant funding makes Girl Scouting possible for girls in Contra Costa County through our Discover Together program.  Check out our website to learn more about Discover Together and Girl Scouts' Community Based Outreach Programming.

    Watch the full video, here!

  • Recognizing National S’mores Day in a big way with a new S’mores cookie!

    Well before Girl Scout Cookies were produced by licensed bakers to sell nationally, Girl Scouts baked and sold cookies on their own. Our girls were entrepreneurs going as far back as 1917!

    In celebration of 100 years of Girl Scouts selling cookies, Girl Scouts of the USA introduces the commemorative Girl Scout S’mores™ cookie. GSNorCal will add the new cookie to our 2017 lineup, where it will join classics like Thin Mints®, Samoas, and Trefoils®.

    Girl Scout S’mores cookies give consumers another delicious way to support all the positive things girls do to impact their community—using their cookie earnings in many ways to support initiatives that the girls choose and deliver.  

    In 2017, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first known instance of Girl Scouts selling cookies and learning the basic skills and acumen they need to be leaders in business and sales, manage their personal and family finances, and gain self-sufficiency and confidence handling money.

    The tradition of making and enjoying s’mores in the outdoors was also popularized by Girl Scouts as early as the 1920s. The popular s’mores recipe is another testament to Girl Scouts’ longstanding commitment to the outdoors.

    According to the Girl Scout Research Institute (GSRI) More Than S’mores report, there is a clear connection between outdoor experiences and girls' understanding of their leadership potential. Girls who spend time outdoors throu...

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  • GSNorCal Girls take Capitol Hill

    On June 14, GSNorCal Gold Awardees Zahra Hajee and Uma Mahajan headed to Capitol Hill to celebrate 100 years of Gold Award achievement! They were joined by fellow Girl Scouts from across the country, members of the Obama administration and U.S. Military, GSUSA CEO Anna Maria Chavez, and many more. The girls met CA Representatives Barbara Lee and Mike Honda, and were able to discuss STEM programming with Representatives Jackie Speier and Zoe Lofgren. The girls even met with Senator Dianne Feinstein's staff to talk about the significance of the Gold Award, the Girl Scout Research Institute, and issues in the state of California that girls can work to improve.

    Here's what Zahra and Uma had to say about the experience:

    Zahra: "I have rarely witnessed so many sources of inspiration in one room. Representing the Girl Scouts as a Gold Award and Alcoa Chuck McLane Scholarship Recipient, I had the opportunity to attend the Gold Award Centennial Celebration in the nation's capital. Not only was I able to share my project and converse with members of Congress and other Girl Scout Councils, but I was also able to hear the stories of Girl Scouts from across the nation. The Gold Award program creates a forum for girls to combat relevant, pressing matters in the community, and during this event I was reminded of the amazing impact girls have made locally and globally by addressing issues they are passionate about. Recognizing the achievements of Girl Scouts nat...

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  • Celebrating the Gold Award Centennial

    Our Gold Award Centennial celebrations kicked off with a breakfast to honor Gold Awardees past and present. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf delivered an inspiring speech, noting, "I know that I would not be the Mayor of Oakland had I not been a Girl Scout." We were also delighted to hear from two GSNorCal National Young Women of Distinction, Varsha Sathappan (2014) and Annie Cai (2015), along with Edith Licea, a participant in our Got Choices program. All of these remarkable women make us proud to be Girl Scouts!

  • CANCELED - Family GO! Festival 2016

    Unfortunately, due to poor weather predictions for tomorrow (Saturday, April 9), our Family GO! Festival will be canceled. Thank you to everyone who had planned to volunteer or attend. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Thank you for understanding!


  • Get Outdoors Progression Patch

    Get Outdoors with GSNorCal and show your outdoor spirit with our fun progression patch! This is an awesome tool for all age groups to encourage and track all outdoor activities! Learn more with this helpful chart.

  • Space Cookies Robotics Team!

    Shout out to the GSNorCal Space Cookies Robotics team! This winter they planned and hosted the NASA FLL Tournament, a fun and innovative competition where teams built their own robots to participate in various “Trash Trek” challenges which combined engineering skills with sustainable waste solutions! Special congrats to Girl Scout Troop 60339, the Bouncing Junior Gold Rush Girls who received the Robot Performance award. So proud of all our STEM-tastic girls!

  • Thank you for supporting our camps!

    Camping is a girl’s most memorable outdoor experience in Girl Scouts - it's about connecting with nature, building friendships, and creating memories that last a lifetime. We're always working to ensure that our camp programs are safe, fun and accessible for every girl. Check out this video to see what we've been up to!

  • Spotlight on Daughters of Farm Workers

    Daughters of Farm Workers is a signature GSNorCal program, guiding and empowering girls from farming communities. DOFW seeks to create positive momentum in girls’ lives by boosting language and learning skills, sparking an interest in science and technology, and building greater self-esteem and confidence – all essential elements for growing into healthy thriving young adults. Learn more about DOFW in our latest issue of INSPIRE, pg 10. And to support Daughters of Farm Workers, visit our donations page

  • Check out the latest issue of INSPIRE!

    Read about the exciting things Girl Scouts are doing in our latest Inspire Newsletter! The Fall 2015 issue features stories on a successful Camp CEO, our Daughters of Farm Workers program, the next steps for our Camp Improvement Campaign, and more! 

  • GSNorCal's Annie Cai named National Young Woman of Distinction

    We're thrilled to share that GSNorCal’s Annie Cai was recognized as a National Young Woman of Distinction. Annie created Imaginarium, an innovative career development conference for middle schoolers. She was one of ten girls chosen for their exceptional and inspiring Gold Award projects. Congratulations to these ten remarkable young women – they’re a powerful reminder of the role Girl Scouts can play in fostering the leaders of tomorrow!

  • GSNorCal Troop plants drought-friendly butterfly garden!

    Troop 61010 visited the Resource Area for Teaching (RAFT) in San Jose to plant a drought-friendly butterfly garden at the office's entrance. Read more here!

  • Dell and Visa teaming up with Girl Scouts for Digital Cookie!

    Dell, Visa, and GSUSA will be collaborating this year to support and enhance Digital Cookie 2.0. Read more here!

  • Thank You Santa Clara Valley Water District

    A huge shout out and thank you to our funding partners, Santa Clara Valley Water District! SCVWD provided hands-on environmental education to our girls in Santa Clara, with a fascinating focus on preventing pharmaceutical waste in our water. Thanks SCVWD for making environmental learning so fun!

  • Exciting News for Got Choices!

    Thanks to the generosity of San Francisco Elks Lodge #3, GSNorCal soon will be expanding our Got Choices program to San Francisco Juvenile Hall! Got Choices is a life skills program designed to increase protective factors, reduce risk factors and support positive decision making in high need teen and tween girls. Learn more here!

  • Kicking off back to school season with the Raiders!

    Pre-season football got off to a thrilling start for girls who attended the Raider's first game of the year.  Everyone was a winner, as the girls cheered on the hometown favorites as they defeated the St. Louis Rams 18-3.

    Girl Scout day at the Raiders opened with a football toss activity, then girls heard a great chalk talk by female members of the Raiders Organization. Asking the girls what they wanted to be when they grew-up, the girls shared their desires to be sports stars, brain surgeons, dental hygienists and more.  Girls then ran through an exciting obstacle course ending in a pass-and-catch across the imaginary end zone.  Fun was had by all, even the parents!

  • A Giant Scoop of Appreciation for Fentons Creamery

    This year, Fentons Creamery generously raised money for GSNorCal with the sale of Thin Mint sundaes! And last week, Troop 32362 accepted the check and enjoyed an ice-cream stuffed afternoon! The check will go to GSNorCal's Opportunity Fund, which works to open the door for girls who couldn't otherwise experience the extraordinary opportunities of Girl Scouting. Thanks Fentons!

  • Need another reason to renew your membership? Great "Girl Scouts Tackle STEM" article!

    Check out this awesome article, "From Cookies to Computer Science: The Girl Scouts Tackle STEM"  written by Rebekah Iliff. The article highlights five different ways that Girl Scouts "is changing the way young girls think about technology while simultaneously implementing programs and opportunities to develop the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders." The piece also includes a great infographic with some fascinating statistics: 74% of High School girls across the country are interested in STEM fields and subjects, yet half of girls feel that STEM isn't a typical career path for girls. At GSNorCal, we're invested in shifting that mindset and culture so we can shift these numbers!  

  • Our camps are in full swing!

    As you can see from the picture of Sugar Pine opening campfire, campers are loving camp! Girls are having a blast with tie-dye, archery, swimming, horseback riding, and much much more! To keep up with the excitement from all of our camps, be sure to follow the CampRocks Facebook page!

    And if you're interested in sending your daughter to camp in the future, you can check out the CampRocks website to learn about all the camping opportunities!

  • Dedication Celebration at Camp Butano Creek!

    Last weekend we celebrated the new Tree House Village and North Commons Lodge at Camp Butano Creek. It was such a great day with donors, campers and volunteers, and we'd like to extend a special thank you to The Joseph and Vera Long Foundation, the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation. It was wonderful to see the excitement among the campers and to see the Tree House cabins already in use!  This project is going to keep girls and troops camping at Butano Creek for many years to come!

  • Girl Scout Voices Count!

    June 30 is the last day to complete the GS Voices Count Survey! If you have NOT received an email to take the girl survey, sign up for the GS Voices survey panel at Parents and troop leaders: if you did not get a survey invitation from GSUSA, contact Cinnamon Daniel, Director of Research & Evaluation with your name and email at Your feedback is appreciated!

  • ABC7 - Camp & Cookies

    A great feature story on GSNorCal Camps. CEO Marina Park gives an informative interview and tour of Camp Bothin to reporter (and Girl Scout) Jennifer Olney. Often times, girls will use money raised from Girl Scout cookie sales to fund their own camp experience – learn more about this connection and see the full story here!

  • Great News for GSNorCal Campers!

    At Camp Skylark Ranch, Saturday, May 30, we dedicated the new “Hobbit Huts” unit, and at Camp Butano Creek, on June 1 we received the formal Certificate of Occupancy for the new North Commons Lodge and Tree House Village.  Let the camping begin! A huge thank you to the donors and volunteers who are helping us keep our camps fun and safe for a new generation of campers. 


  • 2014 Annual Report now available online

    We are using our resources wisely, and for the second year in a row, our Annual Report is available online!

    It includes inspiring photos and quotes from girls and troop leaders, updates on our key program areas: STEM, Living Skills, “Get Outdoors,” and Cookies, a listing of our Fiscal Year 2014 donors and a link to our audited Financial Statement – which you can also find at this link on our website.

  • Year-end Gold Award celebrations coming up in Santa Rosa and San Jose

    Thank you to our North Coast and South Bay Alumnae Chapters, for hosting celebrations on May 17 honoring Gold Award Girl Scouts. Since the start of this membership year, 57 girls have earned their Gold Awards, and since last May, 125 GSNorCal Girl Scouts have earned their Gold Awards, the highest achievement in Girl Scouts.

  • Space Cookies attend National Championships in St. Louis!

    The Space Cookies are a high school FIRST robotics team and Girl Scout troop that works in partnership with GSNorCal and NASA. 32 girls traveled to Nationals, and were really pleased with how their robot performed – EVERYTHING the girls designed and built worked throughout the competition!

  • Silicon Valley Gives Day – Thank You!

    On May 5th, Giving Tuesday, with the help of matching gift donations from generous board members, Girl Scouts of Northern California raised almost $15,000 for STEM Programming. Girl Scouts of Northern California is starting in kindergarten to build creative confidence, growth mindset, and curiosity about STEM. 87% of girls participating believe they can be an engineer when they grow up. Let’s keep growing that number!

  • Young Makers Regional Gathering

    On April 26, Young Makers and Girl Scouts from across the East Bay came together to make amazing things like Furniture made from cardboard, and art robots armed with markers. Several Young Makers previewed their projects which are scheduled to show at Maker Faire Bay Area this month. With the help from a few mentors including Drew Perttula from Google, girls got to explore and succeed at making.

  • $1 Million grant from the David and Lucille Packard Foundation

    Recently, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation awarded a $1,000,000 grant to support the new North Commons Lodge and Tree House Village at Camp Butano Creek! The new structures mean that more girls will be able to go camping year-round at Butano. When girls learn how to build a fire, sleep under the stars, work in teams at camp, and hike farther than they ever thought possible, they are having fun, and they are learning to care about others and the environment, are developing a “can do” attitude, and, ultimately, are becoming girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. A huge thank you to the Foundation for investing in our girls.  And on June 20, we will hold the Dedication Celebration for the new North Commons Lodge and Tree House Village.

  • Golden Gate Bridging Success!

    Saturday, May 2nd was a great day and a wonderful celebration. Girls travelled from all over California and 5 other states, to celebrate bridging from Junior to Cadette Girl Scouts. Many troops saved and planed for years for this “only in Girl Scouts” San Francisco adventure. The 6,100 girl participants celebrated so many of the things we love about Girl Scouts – travel, friends, adventure, learning new skills, dancing, silly costumes and meeting new people. Gate Bridging was also the perfect place for GSUSA’s National Board President, Kathy Hopinkah Hannon, and senior officials from the National Park Service, to announce a great new partnership – a Girl Scout Ranger Program that will provide more opportunities for girls to get outside and experience our National Parks.

    Thank you to the GSNorCal staff team and the hundreds of volunteers – adults and middle and high school girls – this event would not happen without your contributions of time and enthusiasm.